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Words to Avoid When Writing Articles


In order to be a successful communicator, it is important to avoid certain words. These words can be interpreted in different ways and can cause confusion. They can also be offensive and make the person you are speaking to feel uncomfortable. By avoiding these words, you will be able to communicate more effectively and avoid potential misunderstandings.

Here are some examples of words to avoid when writing articles:

  • Contractions

Avoid contractions like "don't," "can't," and "won't" in essays; academic writing requires utilizing full words; use whole words instead of contractions.

  • Idioms

Set phrases improve a language, but save them for fictional works, blogs, or personal narratives. The purpose of an admission essay is to evaluate your formal writing abilities, not your ability to wow instructors with your extensive vocabulary or to amuse them. Be concise and clear.

  • "So on," "etc," "and so forth"

Nothing but your incapacity to deal with arguments, specifics, and examples is shown by these run-on sentences. They exclaim, "I have nothing further to say! Keep them out of your essays.

  • Clichés

Clichés like "it's an open secret," "we all know," or "sleep like a baby" are overused and have long since lost their meaning. They make a feeble attempt to appear intellectual, but in actuality, such phrases come out as untrue.

  • “Thing,” “stuff,” “good,” “bad,” “big“

These terms' informality and ambiguity, which are improper for academic discourse, are the problem. They are OK in casual conversation, but when used in essays, they seem too simple and give admissions authorities a bad impression of your language. Try your hardest to become an expert at synonymizing and paraphrasing so you can write more complex words in academic papers.

  • Jargon, Slang, and Teen Speak

Keep the audience in mind. The writing style in your formal essay won't be well received by admissions officers, even though they may occasionally read Buzzfeed articles in their leisure time. Use slang only when necessary.

  • Rhetorical Questions

You enquire, assuming readers are aware of the solution. Then why do they require this information, though? What is its worth? The use of rhetorical questions in academic writing is incorrect because they don't call for justifications. In essays, you should make unambiguous claims because what is obvious to you might not be to the reader.

  • “In terms of,” “needless to say,” “in conclusion,” “it goes without saying“

Parenthetic language adds nothing extra to your work. In colloquial writing, they might be employed as transitional words, but in formal essays, they are unnecessary. Instead of adding value to your work, professors will view your attempt to complete a word count as a ploy.

  • Quotes

Although quoting and citing are requirements for academic writings, this guideline focuses on beginning your work with a quotation from a well-known figure. First of all, academics hate it when this tactic is used, and secondly, they want to hear from you, not Hemingway, Musk, or Obama. Since it is your essay, it should reflect your personality and tone.

  • “Very,” “quite,” “really,” “totally,” “already,” “fairly,” “actually,” “just“

All they are are meaningless redundant -ly adverbs or weak modifiers. You might resist the need to include them when you have to write a 2,000 word essay, but the outcome will be subpar because such words are unnecessary and add nothing extra to the claims you use in essays. "Really intriguing," "quite enough," and "quite unusual" have nothing to do with effective academic writing.

  • Passive Voice

Use active voice to make all statements plain to readers. Most instructors advise students to avoid passive voice since it 1) weakens wiring and 2) "lacks explicit reference to who the actor is."


In conclusion, there are a few words that you should avoid when writing articles. These include; however, always, never, and very. While these words can be helpful in some situations, they can also make your writing sound harsh or unclear. When in doubt, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid using these words altogether.

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